City of Nelsonville working to demolish many condemned buildings

February 16th, 2022

By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger

NELSONVILLE – Nelsonville City Council passed an ordinance at its Monday meeting allowing 23 previously condemned buildings to be demolished, setting the city up to benefit from grant funding available to remove dilapidated structures in the county.

The city will work with the Athens County Land Bank to demolish many of the 23 buildings, though some are not eligible for the current grant opportunity, Nelsonville Code Enforcement Officer Becky Barber said at a Feb. 9 city committee meeting. Barber added she hopes to see at least eight to 10 structures ultimately removed through the available funding.

Bared explained that the number of buildings on Nelsonville’s list is so large because many buildings have been condemned over the years but “the finances weren’t there for the city to be able to go in and raze the buildings” previously.

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